Pike County Democrat, April 6, 1876
Chambersburg, Illinois, March 27, 1876
At his home near Chambersburg, in Pike county, Ill. on the 23rd of March, 1876, Mr. James Johns, in the sixty-fifth year of his age. Mr. Johns was born in the city of Philadelphia, February 24, 1812. In his early childhood his parents settled in Hamilton county, Ohio. There he remained till the year 1837, when he came to Pike county, Ill. and here he resided until his death. He is the father of eight children, six of whom preceeded him to the grave. His wife and two sons only are left on the shores of time. When we record the death of such a man, we record indeed a loss, a loss to his family, to the church and to the world. He was a man influenced in all his actions by profound convictions honestly formed, and hence, without his seeking, was recognized as a leader in all matters of interest to his neighborhood. Looking not for great opportunitites of doing good, but improving those within his reach, his life is made of great deeds unostentiatiously performed, and is a practical demonstration of pure and undefiled religion. The sympathies of the neighborhood are extended the family, and that the blessing of God may attend them, is the prayer of T.W. CuttinghamAdditional Comments:
This was taken from Microfilm at the Pittsfield, Illinois Library.
Also listed on March 30, 1876 A brief note:
Several Old Settlers of the county have died since our last. Among the number are Mr. James Johns...(listed others) All were most excellent men and citizens, and leave families and relatives to mourn their loss.
Contributed by Jerri Decker